The baby is fully mobile now and getting a tooth...
My hands are full.
With time being a premium at our house, I have to be smart to keep my sanity and maintain spiritual growth. Sometimes, that means taking advantage of random moments that pop up through out the day and other times it means making time. Here is how I'm coping.
- Set the Altar Up Where it is Easily Accessable. I use to have my altar in the bedroom to keep it away from little hands, it was effective, but it was out of the way for me too. Moving it to the kitchen counter is nearly as effective for keeping kids out and it is much more accessable for me.
- If You Only Have a Few Minutes, Use Them. Study or write while kids are drifting off to sleep. Dust the altar durring the three minutes they decide to play with Legos without assaulting each other. Let them start eating while you take a food offering to the ancestors.
- Let Them Help When Possable. This one might be the hardest of them all. Little helpers are often more hinderance than help, but making a mess and driving us crazy is how they learn.
- Keep it Simple. Instead of creating elaborate rituals and planning highly complicated spells, plan to keep things low key until you have more time. The supplies for my Full Moon Ritual are so few that they fit in the pockets of my over robe and most of my spells are based on sigil magick. If something is feasibly do-able, I am less likely to put it off altogether.
- Forgive Yourself. Life happens. Often our best intentions get swept to the wayside and we don't do all that we want or should. If the baby wakes up vomiting and the toddler runs around the house tearing up paper while the preschool screams, chances are you might not spend time honoring your deities or talking with your ancestors today. Days like that happen. It doesn't make you less of a witch.
- Maintain an Atmosphere. Sometimes little things really effect the way you feel about life. Burn an herby candle, wear something that makes you feel particularly magickal, or daub essential oil on your wrists. For a quick energy boost, listen to witchy/pagan/heathen music.
Witching and Moming are both full time activities. We do the best we can with all our hearts and just enjoy the ride.